United States Fed Cup Team Ready To Take On Kim Clijsters, Yanina Wickmayer and Belgium

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

American Fed Cup member Bethanie Mattek-Sands is confident going into their match-up with a powerful Belgian team led by Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters and Yanina Wickmayer. The USA leads Belgium 5-1 in Fed Cup matches, but there are no Williams sisters in this match-up and Belgium has one of their strongest teams, even without the retired Justine Henin. Additionally, the match is being held in Belgium. So while the USA pulled a surprise win at Hopman Cup, I would not bank on any injury withdrawals (top team Serbia had to withdraw before the Hopman Cup final due to an injury to Ana Ivanovic) to help them. The US squad is comprised of Mattek-Sands, Melanie Oudin, Vania King and Liezel Huber. Belgium counters with Clijsters, Wickmayer, Kirsten Flipkens and Australian Open junior girls singles and doubles winner An-Sophie Mestach. The match will take place on February 5th and 6th, 2011. For the US, it is critical that they at least split the singles. If they can make it come down to doubles, Vania King and Liezel Huber are both highly ranked doubles players with multiple Grand Slam titles.

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